Handstand for The Weekend

OK, I promise this is the last inspirational Kino yoga clip I’ll post.

Next time it’ll be the edited highlights of my first attempt at sun salutation, haha! (Now, would I subject you to that? Would I??)

Enjoy your weekend lovely people 😉

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Straight leg handstand press is one of the hardest–do you agree? More than just leaning forward you have to maintain the strength of your shoulders and your core. The movement has to initiate from the center line of your body. Squeeze your legs together as you press up with the shoulders and draw the abs inwards. This took me a really long time to do and I still work getting the movement more controlled, stable and smooth every day. I remember being so frustrated seeing people float effortlessly up. It was only when I stopped fighting with myself and relaxed enough to let go of my attachment to the result that suddenly it started happening. Of course, I needed to build the strength in my shoulders, core and more importantly my mind. I was so weak when I started the practice! I was never a dancer, never a gymnast, never anything physical before yoga. It’s all through Ashtanga Yoga that I’ve gained whatever strength and flexibility I have in my body and mind 😊 Music 🎶 is Wake Me Up by Avicii.

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Sacred Fire

sacred fire

I finished Kino MacGregor’s book today.

I’ve read it in every available spare minute since it arrived yesterday.

It’s an account of her journey into yoga, from her first ever yoga class, to running her own yoga centre, and her certification to teach Ashtanga Yoga by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

What a wonderful, wonderful book. There is so much wisdom within, and so many profound thoughts about yoga and your own personal journey to peace.

I am going to re-read it and highlight as I go, because there is just too much in this book to take away in one sitting.

I’ve always dismissed yoga, and even after trying a couple of classes (I’ve sat through two over the last 5 years or so), I just didn’t get it. This book, I think, really explains what yoga is all about. It’s not just an Eastern form of exercise (which is what I have always assumed). It is way to know your own body and be at one with yourself.

Something I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced.

I have a yoga DVD on the way (no classes for me just yet, still feeling my way along), and I’m going to try it again, with no judgement this time. I always thought yoga was too slow, too boring, too gentle to do anything for you. I was wrong.

And I simply can’t ignore the profound wisdom and inner peace that Kino emanates in her writing – she is a young, highly disciplined, and incredible woman.

I’ll leave you with a quote from the closing pages.

I was reminded that in order to be truly beautiful we sometimes have to see just how ugly we’ve been along the way.

The Long Road To Recovery

You know you need to sort things out when you take your children to a toddlers rugby class and notice that there is a balled-up pair of blood-stained knickers in your bag, next to the spare nappy, leftover from your recent trip to the hospital.

I mean, seriously. Do other mothers walk around in this state of disarray??

Anyway, I listened to a 20 minute guided meditation last night (by the end of yesterday, not only was I exhausted but I was starting to get shooting pains through my skull and my chest felt like it had a weight on it). I tried meditation quite a while back and I did find it very, very helpful in adjusting my mood and outlook.

I need peace from my own thoughts, and it’s a great, scientifically proven, way to do it.

So I’m going to try to meditate much more. Maybe even every day if possible.

And I’m just so inspired by Kino MacGregor:

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Some days practice feels light and easy. Today was not one of those days for me. I felt like my body was a sack of potatoes that I threw around my yoga mat. Yet @beachyogagirl reminded me yesterday that I promised her a video of the jump forward into Uttanasana from Downward Dog so here it is 😊What’s interesting to me is that so often the internal feeling is just that, a feeling that is personal, while the exterior looks pretty much the same. Do your practice every day, through the light and the heavy and cultivate a peaceful mind through it all. For this movement don’t jump too high or else you will bypass your shoulders and arch the back. Jump forward into the strength of your shoulders then use your core to round the back as you lower down. Bring your shoulders forward as you go in towards the landing. Don’t collapse, keep pushing up until the very last moment when you surrender your feet to the floor. Shorts by @c_ravel Fun printed yoga towel by @aertecomete

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I have ordered her book about her journey into yoga, and a yoga DVD for beginners by <a title=”Tara Lee Yoga” href=”http://www.taraleeyoga.com/about-tara.php”>Tara Lee</a> (a respected UK teacher). I’ve never really understood yoga, but sometimes you need a change, and maybe this is exactly what I need. Well, running is out of the question since every time I so much as walk anywhere I get out of breath and start bleeding (I have a final scan booked for Friday to check what’s going on).

AND I have also treated myself to three gemstone bracelets.

One for love, one for healing and one for protection from negative energy.

Beads to everyone else, but a sort of talisman for me.

To remind me to move forward with grace.

Yoga

I’ve never, ever understood yoga. I tried a class once and was bored.

Maybe I’ve missed something?!?!

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Day 12 #inversionsmakeyouhot is Tittibhasana  This video is the transition from handstand into firefly. Remember for the challenge you can get into this anyway you like, from seated, from headstand, from a basic jump, from downward dog, from bakasana or like I show you here from handstand. The key to Tittibhasana is to actively squeeze your thighs towards your shoulders while keeping the arms as straight as possible. Draw the pubic bone under to engage the core muscles while allowing the heads of the femurs to drop into their sockets and deepen the hip crease. Your hamstrings and lower back need to be open so if this posture is hard for you be sure to warm up with forward bends and postures like Kurmasana.  Tag @beachyogagirl @laurasykora @bodyangelactivewear @liforme in all your posts. Be strong!

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